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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

BLUFF KNOLL

We were still heading towards Albany, the southern most tip of Western Australia. The tour bus made a detour into the Stirling Ranges where we had a date with a local guide, who is an expert on wildflowers.

Driving past Canola fields towards the Stirling Ranges.

Bluff Knoll
 We met the guide here. She told us it takes 4 hours to walk up and back. We didn't have 4 hours so she took us on a short walk.......

 Where the views were stunning before we descended into........

The bush, where there were hundreds of different wildflowers. The guide explained what they were  and........

how rare some of them are. This is the tiniest  little orchid.


After an hour of exploring this fabulous flora we.........

took one last look at the view from Bluff Knoll and boarded the bus for Albany. We had been through desert, along the coast and into the mountains. Wonderful scenery and wildflowers all the way. We were not finished yet.

26 comments:

  1. Gorgeous country. I wish I could see it all someday.

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  2. Very interesting Diane.
    Guess you picked a good time to visit - Spring. I wonder what it looks like in the other 3 seasons??
    That sure looks like a great crop of canola - plenty of ($s - bucks) there, but could be flattened by a storm - that is the worry for these farmers. Lets hope that a storm doesn't arrive before the harvest.
    Great report as usual.
    Looking forward to Albany - did you see those two monster great whites off Rottnest Island, WA on the news this morning - wow! 5 metres long.
    Cheers
    Colin (HB)

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  3. Hi Diane, lovely views of the muntain and landscape. The wildflowers are beautiful. I love the tiny orhcid. did you pick a great time to go when the flowers were blooming. Wonderful photos, have a great day!

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  4. I am just amazed at all the wildflowers you saw everywhere on your trip. I love that view of Bluff Knoll.

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  5. These flowers are amazing enough to make canola look ordinary!

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  6. What beautiful photos, Diane. You really take lovely close-ups ! I loved the tiny orchid and the one blue flower looks similar to our plumbago. Have a great day. Jo

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  7. The name "Bluff Knoll" makes me laugh. In dutch it means "boasting turnip" (as long as I have translated it well). But the view is wonderful and all the flowers there are very special. I didn't realize there are so many flowers in Australia.

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  8. What a stunningly beautiful area Diane and your pics are gorgeous - I love that exquisite little white orchid - a real gem!

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  9. You are a great ambassador for Australia Diane. The scenery in these photos is incredible and your wildflowers are gorgeous.

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  10. I would love to see all this beauty. wow on all these. i like the funny heads on the trees in the photo below the mountain shot. almost like palms but not, like a grass head. flowers are so beautiful.

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  11. Your collages are beautiful, and the scenery is spectacular. The different regions through which you've traveled are interesting, but you've always managed to find beautiful wildflowers where ever you've been.

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  12. Wonderful, wide open, sweeping views! I love that. And the wildflowers are certainly diverse. I'm glad you are taking us along on your trip around Australia. Someday I'd love to do this in person, not to mention also here in my own country.

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  13. Wow! Wonderful photos and those wildflowers are just amazing. I would love to have that little orchid!

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  14. These taller plants, flowers look special.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  15. The tiny orchid is gorgeous! I am glad you are not finished yet...I enjoy this beauty

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  16. Beautiful photos. There are some bluffs like that in northern California near Oroville.

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  17. Amazing how Bluff Knoll looks a bit like the Grampians!! The wildflowers are different though ... all the more reason for me to visit!!

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  18. Oh, my goodness, Diane, this is just too wonderful. Could I come tag along on your next adventure.

    You lead a much more adventurous life than I do! :)
    Blessings to you - Marsha

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  19. Those first three pictures are so picturesque - beautiful views.
    Love seeing all the flowers you have found. Some are so unique in their shapes.
    I had missed the post below but that beach view is heavenly. The water is gorgeous!!

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  20. Gorgeous photos Diane - I love seeing Western Australia through your eyes!

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  21. Wonderful photos of beauty! You two are well on your way to covering the map red. I enjoy all your travels. Love the country home. Thank you, Diane!

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  22. So much natural beauty at Bluff Knoll! That is a very sweet little orchid.

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  23. How absolutely BEAUTIFUL...the glorious flowers...the scenery! Just my kind of holiday :)

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  24. Beautiful flowers - none of them familiar to me.

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  25. The Bluff Knoll picture with the mountains in the distance is my favorite. Reminded me of Switzerland.
    Ahh. The Jungfrau! Enjoy.

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